Montessori School Program at RHMS

The Montessori philosophy and method of teaching fosters a loving, independent environment tailored to the individual needs and development of each student.
Montessori School classrooms at RHMS include students who are three years and eight months, four, and five years of age, providing an abundance of opportunities for learning, helping to create a sense of community where everyone contributes to and takes responsibility for the functioning and maintenance of the environment (classroom). The older children provide leadership and guidance, and act as models for the younger children; they benefit by helping the younger children, reinforcing skills and knowledge previously learned, and gain satisfaction and self-worth by helping others. Our classrooms have no more than twenty students with two full time experienced staff members.  

Montessori Schools and their curriculum, like the world, must evolve in order to ensure they become leading Private Educational Institutions. Our Montessori School is committed to remaining current and preparing its students to participate fully and effectively in today's society.

At RHMS, we are very proud of our long-standing Montessori teachers, some of whom have chosen to work at RHMS from other Montessori Schools in Toronto. They have been with us for many years and bring vast experience and dedication to our program. Their loving and nurturing nature, along with their enthusiasm for teaching, has provided a wonderful environment for children to learn.

    • Montessori Senior Student Guiding a Junior in Logics Academy Workshop Programming a Robot
    • Montessori Student Uses Concrete Materials for Animal Association with Continents Identification Activity
    • Montessori Student Identifies Organs of the Human Body Using Smartboard Activity


Mathematics is a core subject that is practiced on a daily basis. Math concepts are presented and practiced using concrete Montessori materials such as number rods, stamp games, bead stairs, and more.These materials help to develop a child’s logical mathematical mind and problem solving skills. Once a child has mastered a concept, they move toward working at an abstract level.

Physical Education

The primary goal of our Physical Education program is to develop awareness of and appreciation for the importance of fitness and optimal physical health.Through group exercises, children develop better listening skills, cooperation skills, and the ability to follow directions. They learn how to respect one another’s space, interact physically, and participate with other children in a safe environment. Children are challenged to perform to the very best of their physical ability to enhance their flexibility, coordination, gross motor skills, balance, and rhythm.

Fine Arts

Music, Dramatic Arts, and Visual Arts are all taught at the Montessori level to foster a child's natural ability, creativity, and imagination. Learning through music encourages cognitive and literacy skills, creativity and individuality. Through storytelling, theatre performance, pantomiming, public speaking, and more, students are taught to think creatively to develop ideas and solutions. It is our goal to enhance the artistic nature within each child as well, by teaching an appreciation for and awareness of the diversity of art around us. 


The ability to communicate in French and appreciate French culture is an important component of a well-rounded education. French is introduced at the Montessori level through pre-reading and word recognition activities to help develop confidence and competence in French. The vocabulary practiced includes numbers, colours, the date, the seasons, and the weather.


For a child to grasp the concepts of science, history, or geography, they must first be well-versed in language. The Montessori reading and writing learning sequence is categorized in three colour-coded levels: the Pink, Blue, and Green series of readers. Once a child masters a level, they move on to the next series. In addition to reading, students also progress through notebooks and consumables (interactive book series that provide repetitive practice). Daily writing is practiced to nurture the creative writing process while developing printing and cursive writing skills.

Practical Life

Practical Life materials and activities are designed to develop a child’s everyday life skills and promote independence. Between birth and six years of age - the formative years - a child absorbs information almost effortlessly. Concepts and techniques are easily learned during this time that, later on, will be considered more difficult for an older child to learn.Some examples of Practical Life activities are dressing frames (lacing, zippers, and tying buttons), pouring and transporting liquid/solid techniques, paper cutting with scissors, sorting, and folding.


Children, by nature, are curious, ask questions, and love exploring their world. Throughout our three-year Montessori preschool program, students are introduced to a variety of science concepts, presented in sensorial ways to provide real-life experiences. Students learn about the solar system, plants and animals, and the human body using a variety of materials.


Geography, History, and Green Awareness are all a part of the Culture component of Montessori learning. Geography is taught with visual, colourful concrete materials that enhance the child's ability to learn. History is approached through time lines so students can see how people from different cultures developed from the earth's beginning to the present. Montessori students will have the opportunity to investigate both ancient and modern peoples. There is also an emphasis on raising awareness for environmental issues and learning to recycle classroom materials which builds good habits for the future.


Sensorial exercises develop and enhance sense perceptions and logical thinking that are vital to growing minds. Sensorial materials are designed to help a child develop and learn concepts and ideas through their senses. The material is divided into six components: Tactile (touch), Baric (pressure or weight), Thermal (temperature), Auditory (sound), Olfactory & Gustatory (smell & taste), and Stereognostic (recognition and impression) senses. Through sensorial activities, a child successfully makes inner connections with the world around them.
    • Montessori Sensorial Layers of the Earth Activity Made from Clay
    • Montessori Student Conducts Experiment in the RHMS Science Lab
    • Montessori Student Uses Concrete Materials in Spelling Activity

Summer Camp

Our Montessori Summer Camp Program provides children with the opportunity to develop character, learn valuable life skills, make new friends, and discover new interests. Our camp also helps children retain knowledge acquired and prepare for a new school year.

Each summer, we put together a selection of fun activities for busy bodies and inquiring minds. Summer Camp comes alive with the joy and energy the children bring each and every day. 

Please contact the school at 905.508.2228 for additional information.

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Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School

A Private School Located in Richmond Hill, Ontario and serving the greater Toronto area since 1986.